Legendary Kenyan rapper Chris Kantai dead on Wednesday after being hospitalised for two days.
The rapper had battled depression for years.
He breathed his last at St Francis Hospital in Kasarani.
A family representative revealed that Kantai died from breathing complications.
A family member close to the star said, “He has been unwell for a long time now. Depression, ulcers and pressures that come with life got to him.”
‘There were days he would lock himself in the house and not eat. He struggled a lot with depression.’
A fellow artiste who started the music journey around the same time as Kantai did, spoke out about the fallen icon.
MC Sharon posted on her social media:
‘THE SUN SETS YET AGAIN ON ANOTHER KENYAN SUPERSTAR AND TRAILBLAZER CHRIS KANTAI. GUTTED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT GIVEN THE DEEP HISTORY WE HAD IN THIS RAP GAME AND ALSO AS VERY CLOSE FRIENDS.’
The news of his passing shocked the femcee to the core.
In her tribute she added, “It was a blessing to know you from the onset and I thank you for the contribution you made to the journey we continue to chart today; my personal one included.”
My biggest regret is not reaching out sooner like we had planned and being there for you when you must have needed it because life took us to different places and spaces. You were proud just like myself and was never one to cower in the face of adversary or ask for help randomly but that is that Maasai spirit and I am saddened no less at your timely demise.